The Graduate, the car

My son-in-law has the good fortune to have a reputation. He is the go-to guy if you want to offload a vintage car, tractor, or truck. He lives on a small island (Block Island, RI) and it isn’t cheap to transport a vehicle off via ferry and thence to a junk yard. So, the first thing to do is to check if Chris wants it. Oftentimes he does. I have benefited from this arrangement since his excess, namely a 1948 IH Cub tractor, came my way as an overflow item. I took the tractor and he had room for another vehicle.

Most of his current hoard consists of huge shovels, tractors, and dump trucks. Then there is the tiny Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto Spider, otherwise known as the Graduate. This is a really cool sports car. Although it has seen better days and is more properly designated as a parts car, it still has wonderful lines that beckon to anyone who appreciates Alfa Romeo style.

Why is it called the Graduate? Well, the car was featured in the 1967 film by that same name. This is the car that ran out of gas as Ben (played by Dusitn Hoffman) was racing to a wedding so he could stop the proceedings and run away with the almost bride. You might want to check out the YouTube video below that features the car this one commemorates.




This style will never be outdated.

This style will never be outdated.

The Alfa is ready for a new home. Chris asked me to give it some space here so that anyone interested might inquire with him regarding details of its condition and completeness. So, check out the following photographs. It would be a shame if this car was not somehow put back on the road again. If you are interested you can contact Chris directly by telephone or by sending him email. If you send email put “Alfa Romeo Graduate” in the title.

Email: smelycar at  Phone: Area Code 401 dash 418 dash 2661                 Price: $500.00


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2 Responses to The Graduate, the car

  1. Cate says:

    Any interest?

    • Kenneth Carr says:

      Cate …. No replies yet. I only get about 30 hits per day and most of them are on the ham radio pages.
      Now if big brother wants to get serious we will need to put an advertisement in Hemmings. Give him a
      Great seeing you all during the festivities!

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